Geography of Spain

Universidad de Granada

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geography of Spain

  • Host University

    Universidad de Granada

  • Location

    Granada, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Geography, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    22.5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    2
  • Overview

    General Description
    This course is intended to give general knowledge of the country through the geographical study of the natural environment, population, economic activities and the regional reality.

    Content
    1.General introduction. Unity and diversity in the Iberian Peninsula. Spain and the European context. Spain and its relationship with America and the Maghreb.
    2.General characteristics of the physical environment. The terrain. Climate. The waters. The natural vegetation.
    3.The Spanish regional division. Historical Background. The 1978 Constitution and the definition of the regional model. The Spanish regional map.
    4.The Atlantic Spain. Galicia. Asturias. Cantabria. The Basque Country.
    5.The Ebro Valley Navarra. La Rioja. Community of Aragon.
    6.Mediterranean Spain. Catalonia. Valencia. Region of Murcia.
    7.The Plateau. Community of Castilla-León. Community of Castilla-La Mancha. Extremadura. Community of Madrid.
    8.Andalusia. The physical environment. The population. Economic activities. Unity and regional diversity.
    9.The Spanish Islands. Balearic Islands. Community of the Canaries.
    10.Cities with special status. Ceuta and Melilla.

    Assessment
    - Active participation: 50%.
    - Final exam: 50%.

    Bibliography
    Basic references:
    -MÉNDEZ, R. Y MOLINERO, F.,Geografía de España, Barcelona, Ariel, 1993.
    -TERÁN, M. de y otros,Geografía General de España, Barcelona, Ariel, 1986.
    -TERÁN, M. de y otros,Geografía Regional de España, Barcelona, Ariel, 1988.
    -BIELZA DE ORY, V.,Territorio y Sociedad en España, Madrid, Taurus, 1989, 2 vols.
    -VARIOS AUTORES,Geografía de España,Barcelona, Planeta, 1992, 10 vols.
    -CANO PÉREZ, G. y otros, Geografía de Andalucía, Sevilla, Tartessos, 1991, 7 vols.

    Other documents
    On a discretionary basis, depending on the progress of the program and the material available in the library of the Centre, appropriate videos will be screened in 30-minute sessions.